The Myth Of Cosmopolitanism

Columnist Says Cosmopolitanism Today Is A Myth
New York Times columnist Russ Douthat takes on those who portray themselves as global citizens by arguing that the idea of a cosmopolitan is nothing more than a myth.

He asserts that today’s self-described cosmopolitans actually are part of “meritocratic order that transforms difference into similarity” and lumps them into a so-called “global citizens.”

“This species is racially diverse (within limits) and eager to assimilate the fun-seeming bits of foreign cultures — food, a touch of exotic spirituality. But no less than Brexit-voting Cornish villagers, our global citizens think and act as members of a tribe,” he writes.

Additionally, he argues the globalized world they lionize is one which they often act to avoid.

“They can’t see that paeans to multicultural openness can sound like self-serving cant coming from open-borders Londoners who love Afghan restaurants but would never live near an immigrant housing project, or American liberals who hail the end of whiteness while doing everything possible to keep their kids out of majority-minority schools,” concludes Douthat.

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